Accessing the NDIS
The NDIS is rolling out across Victoria from now until 2019. You can see when it will arrive in your area here: NDIS in Victoria.
If you are currently receiving Early Childhood supports for your child, you will be supported to access the NDIS by your current provider and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
If you are not currently receiving supports for your child or are unsure if your child will be eligible for the NDIS, you can call the NDIA to find our more on 1800 800 110.
Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be informed of the next steps. The next step may be a meeting with a planner.
What do I need to do to prepare for a planning meeting?
Getting ready for your planning meeting is quite important. There are a few things that you can do before your meeting to ensure you have thought about all the possible supports your child and family might need.
- Keeping a diary can help you identify when your child and family needs support. Sometimes it is the dinner times, shopping, or balancing the needs of your whole family that are the most challenging. Think about your typical day, week or month and consider when things went well and when things were challenging for you and your child. Keeping notes on these times help you to identify the existing supports you have in your life and when you felt your child needed more. This will help you paint a picture. You can take the diary to a planner and ensure that the supports you choose are relevant to your child’s needs and your situation.
- Consider the current services you are accessing and if you are currently receiving supports of any kind, ask your service provider for all the information around the supports that have been put in place and the outcomes that have been reached.
- Think about whether you are comfortable to go to the meeting alone or if there is someone in your life or perhaps someone currently working with you and your family that you can take along.
- Transition points such as starting kindergarten can be stressful times and require well thought out planning to ensure they are as smooth as possible. Remember to plan for these and ensure that all the professionals around your family are all on the same page. Transitions work best when well planned and through a team effort!
We also suggest you check out the ‘Being an Advocate’ section for some helpful tips on negotiating, advocating and in some cases, appealing.
If you have an approved plan and you need help choosing an ECI provider click here
Some Questions to ask yourself pre planning
- What do you enjoy most about being a parent?
- What activities do you like to participate in as a family?
- What are your child’s interests? What are their current needs?
- Do you have any documentation from any service that you could take with you?
- How does your child currently participate in and enjoy daily life?